Each of us is free to disagree with the results of an election, but it is revealing when a once powerful elected official seeks to ignore the results, particularly when the results reflect an overwhelming rejection of the status quo. In this story about Wake school board committee assignments made by new chairman Ron Margiotta, the News & Observer reports that former chairman Kevin Hill not only expected to keep his power for another seven months, but he planned for the losing minority to retain much of its power as well.

Hill had drawn up the composition of the committees before he was unexpectedly removed as chairman seven months before his term ended. He had Margiotta staying on as chairman of the policy committee and new board member Debra Goldman leading the facilities committee with members of the minority leading three other committees.